Wanted: Bold Thinkers


Friday, January 27, 2012

Much of science today is grant-dependent and discourages dreamy, out-of-box thinking — who wants to fund mistakes? "I really think of [Tesla] as one of the last people inventing on his own,” Samantha Hunt tells Kurt Andersen. “He didn't have funding from the Department of Defense or Columbia University.” And she warns that Tesla’s visionary approach to science is all but extinct. "We have the term experimental artist, experimental writer,” she suggests, “but why don't we have the term experimental scientist, someone who's really trying to cross these boundaries?"

(Originally aired: January 25, 2008)

→ Samantha Hunt reads from her novel The Invention of Everything Else

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Comments [2]

Buck from Minneapolis

And he died broke-in debt- and alone. What a wonderful thing to aspire to.

Feb. 24 2012 02:55 PM
oddjob1947 from Maynard

Tesla sought military funding for his remote controlled
torpedo (arguably the first r/c model) for US Coast defense,
ca 1895. Didn't get any.


Jan. 31 2012 07:05 AM

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